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Tennessee

Tennessee is the 16th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. Its most populous city is Memphis, and its capital is Nashville.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and recognition of other forms of same-sex partnership solemnized in other jurisdictions, was approved by voters in November 2006. The constitutional ban is currently being challenged in federal court. The case is Tanco v. Haslam.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Tennessee school turns away prospective students because parents are gay

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard with their daughter Esther and son Micah.
A private, non-denominational Christian-based school in Nashville has turned away prospective students because their parents, one of whom is a local pastor, are gay. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases in April

Friday, January 16, 2015
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Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states. [...]

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No action Friday by U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage cases

Saturday, January 10, 2015
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The U.S. Supreme Court did not grant review in any new cases on Friday as gay rights activists eagerly awaited news that it might consider a new round of cases challenging states' ability to ban same-sex marriage. [...]

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Now legal in 36 states, Supreme Court to take another look at same-sex marriage

Thursday, January 8, 2015
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The Supreme Court has quietly engineered a dramatic increase in the number of states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. That increase also has raised the chances the justices soon will settle the legal debate. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court schedules same-sex marriage cases for conference review

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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A number of same-sex marriage cases are on the Supreme Court's agenda with enough time for the issue to be argued and decided by late June. [...]

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Tennessee breaks ranks, tells Supreme Court to stay out of marriage debate

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Tennessee argues that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit got it right when it upheld same-sex marriage bans, and that there is no need for Supreme Court Justices to step in now.   [...]

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Michigan, Kentucky couples take gay marriage cases to U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, November 17, 2014
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer are plaintiffs in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
WASHINGTON -- A same-sex couple from Michigan is putting the question of the right to marry nationwide squarely before the Supreme Court. The couple's plea to be allowed to marry was being filed Monday. It asks the justices to hold that state laws prohibiting same-sex couples from getting married violate [...]

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Plaintiffs in Tennessee marriage case appeal ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, November 14, 2014
Dr. Sophy Jesty and Dr. Valeria Tanco, of Knoxville, Tenn. (left) are plaintiffs in the federal challenge to Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Three same-sex couples challenging Tennessee’s ban on same-sex marriage and refusal to recognize their out-of-state marriages, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to hear their case after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that state marriage bans do not violate the U.S. Constitution. [...]

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Joy, dismay as gay marriage advocates, opponents assess 6th Circuit ruling

Friday, November 7, 2014
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
One side was euphoric, the other dismayed, but both foes and supporters of same-sex marriage swiftly turned their attention to the U.S. Supreme Court after an against-the-grain appeals court ruling upheld bans or restrictions on gay marriage in four states. The 2-1 ruling Thursday by the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit [...]

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6th Circuit Court upholds same-sex marriage bans in four states

Thursday, November 6, 2014
The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati is the home of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The court heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.
CINCINNATI -- A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld same-sex marriage bans in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard arguments on gay marriage bans or [...]

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